Bolse® Bus-Powered Portable 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub Backward Compatible with USB 2.0
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If your devices are self-powered by their own power supplies you should have no problems. Devices like printers, scanners and some USB Hard disk drives (With external power supplies) are examples of this. In my testing I used a USB powered hard disk drive (HDD) and three USB memory sticks. When I plugged in the port expander all four devices where present in my computer drive list then they disappeared one at a time by themselves and then the USB 3.0 port stopped working I had to disconnect the hub and reboot my computer to get the USB port on the computer active again.
In the example I used for testing, all four devices require power from the USB port to operate and as a result issues occurred. Low power can result in memory loss or the improper writing and reading of data. Using one of these devices or two worked but then it is not a fully functional port multiplier if the power requirements exceed the power capabilities of your computer's USB port like when I was trying to use 3 or 4 devices simultaneously. Had I used my example of a self-powered scanner, printer, a USB HDD with a power supply and a memory stick then all would have been working fine.
The unit is nicely designed and lightweight for portability weighing only 2 ¾ ounces.Read more ›
My next problem is why do they use a thick, inflexible cord with an end that sticks out twice as far from my laptop than the next one? Flexible is convenient, as is the end not sticking out 2 inches like a thumb drive.
I'm disappointed with this product because I purchased it for travel. For desktop use with an added extender cable it's fine, but it's too large for travel. I hope that I have helped you make your decision on this product, either way.
- Bus-powered so while it will power most devices it does not have the ability to accept external power. Therefore, you probably will want to avoid charging devices (smartphones and tablets).
- Reverse compatible to USB 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices
- All of the USB ports face up - making it easy to plug devices in. It may just be my personal preference, but I prefer top mount USB ports versus the more traditional side mount.
- Plug and play capable with my MacBook pro
- Good transfer speeds - I was routinely achieving 300-400mps while backing up my computer
Final verdict - The Bolse 4 Port USB Hub is a convenient way to add additional USB ports to your computer. It offers good transfer speeds, plug-and-play capability and reverse compatible to USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices.
Please Note I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
After two cheap and nasty examples of this expired I treated myself to a quality example. There never seem to be enough usb ports on anything so that is the obvious primary usage.
I found it brilliant when connected to a usb mains adapter for charging usb battery charger for my camera, plus one of those spy pen cameras, plus one of those sunglasses spy cameras, plus my phone from a wall socket without having lots of items hanging off my laptop and using up all the usb ports.
If I had paid a bit more I would only have had to buy one instead of thre
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